Finally Something Positive Out of Arizona: Fay Fredricks
Updated: August 17, 2015 (Middle of the story) Fay Fredricks NBC Channel 12 News
June 16, 2014
I have very fond memories of attending Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications (I know you’re all thinking, she has a journalism degree?) Yes, but I’ve never used it until recently (I probably didn’t need to explain that part, huh?) My nickname in college: “The OCG” (The Original Chanel Gangsta), gang sign: double c’s.
While at ASU my friend Hillary (second from the left) first dubbed me (third from the left) with that name “The OCG” to which our other friend Carey (far right), very seriously retorted, “You’d get your ass kicked in Compton if you used that moniker.” Really? There are so many things wrong with that sentence, I don’t know where to begin, but at any rate, despite Carey’s initial objections, the name stuck. I don’t think anyone was worried about the Crips/Bloods and Coco feud breaking out in Compton in the late 90’s; but, one thing’s for certain, blue and red really don’t work that well in the Chanel color palette (or on me), so there would have been hell to pay, and everyone would have been in bouclé. I had street cred at Saks, but never, apparently, Compton-fair enough. And fortunately for the three of us the voice of reason was always (far left) Fay. Fay always gracious, kind and could shame diplomats with her effortless diplomacy, despite attending school at the University of Miami, she was our honorary Sundevil.
Updated: August 12, 2015 Fay Fredricks NBC 12 News
Phoenix readers of the site may recognize Fay Fredricks & Carey Pena as they’ve been staples in the Phoenix television market for over 14 years. Hillary and I chose different paths. I worked in pharma & startup medical device and started this site after experiencing workplace abuse as a means to help others. The Sociopathic Business Model™ is a diagnostic tool to help patients, consumers, employees and taxpayers alike to identify, protect and expose corporate abuse with the goal of forcing accountability back on to corporations who engaged in pathological unethical & illegal activity.
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— fayfredricks (@fayfredricks) August 17, 2015
@fayfredricks im not sure what is going on but i am missing you. hope to see you on air soon! cheers
— CigarReviewTv (@CigarReviewTv) August 18, 2015
I hope that others now able to attend ASU get the same opportunity to make great friends and memories I’m just not sure I’d recommend any go into broadcast journalism.
— Beth Simek (@andzmomaz) August 18, 2015
As I said Fay has more grace, talent and diplomacy than anyone I’ve ever met, even when faced with circumstances unethically out of her control. It’s my extreme privilege to call friend for the 14 plus years, I just hope she knows just how much she’s truly appreciated.
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Today, Starbucks coffee chain announced plans to launch a new program that will pay for its employees to attend online college classes at Arizona State University. Mashable-Adario Strange
I believe it will lower attrition, it’ll increase performance, it’ll attract and retain better people,” Starbucks CEO Howard D. Schultz told the New York Times.
More companies should take a page from Starbuck’s playbook and recognize that attrition costs companies millions annually; and, not to mention the level of loyalty and mutual appreciation creates a very successful team. I feel very fortunate that ASU (and one University of Miami transplant, Fay (far left)) helped create a very successful group of women. Never been prouder to be a Sun Devil!